The Hippo Taproom
- Telephone 0141 353 3400
- Opening times Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Website hippotaproom.co.uk
Glasgow doesn’t have much pedigree when it comes to US-style ‘taprooms’, nor in its standard of Mexican food. So this place, from the owners of the much-celebrated Hippo Beers shop in the West End, is a welcome addition. Six rotating kegs, three casks, a heavy presence from Scottish breweries Alechemy, Cromarty and Fallen, as well as one of the most impressive selections of West Coast American beers in the city. The menu lists every bottle, style and brewery in the fridges – just like in the States, which still leads the way in craft beer and its outlets. But this is a step in the right direction. Nachos crunch more than elsewhere, burritos have quirky options (pulled lamb, peanut crema), taquitos have vibrant and citrussy chicken, and the chorizo fries are stupidly munchable. It’s pub grub of the best kind. Sauchiehall Street is a risky location, but the quality of food and beer on offer is enough to lead appreciative punters down the stairs into this stylish basement venue.
- Provides: Free wi-fi
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